Although having a brother can often be more annoying than a blessing, it doesn’t take away from the fact that a brother will be there for you through thick and thin. There are many brothers in K-drama land who display the qualities you would want in a brother in real life. They are loving, protective and just a best friend. Here are eight of those brothers from K-dramas we wish we had in real life.
1. Kim Taehyung from “Hwarang”
“Hwarang” tells the story of a group of knights who are very beautiful and also fight very well. When Aro (Go Ara) meets Moo Myung (Park Seo Joon), the two develop a romantic relationship. But Moo Myung is best friends with Aro’s older brother, and since her brother has passed away, the meeting between Moo Myung and Aro is much more emotional. Then you have the crown prince, Sam Maek Jon (Park Hyung Sik), who charms his way into Aro’s heart. Although she does find him interesting, she can’t help but fall in love with Moo Myung.
In this series, Kim Taehyung plays the beautiful brother (technically half-brother) of Dan Sae (Kim Hyun Joon). His innocent and carefree personality would make him the perfect sibling to have in real life. Despite the burden he carries and family issues, he is always so positive, and gets along well with everyone. Even the fact that he is willing to do anything for Moo Myung shows how selfless and caring he is. Sounds like the perfect candidate to have as a brother!
Start watching “Hwarang” here:
2. Seo Kang Joon from “Cheese in the Trap”
“Cheese in the trap” is based on the successful webtoon written by Soonkki. When Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin) develops feelings for Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun), he is the first to confess. Without thinking much of it, Hong Seol accepts his confession, and the two start dating. Meanwhile, Seol has become very close to In Ho (Seo Kang Joon), who is Jung’s sworn enemy. Seol is constantly caught in the middle and this acts as a major stress factor for her.
When In Ho isn’t following Hong Seol around, he’s the best brother. He’s the type of brother who will act like he doesn’t care, but will protect you no matter what. He has a chip on his shoulder, but if someone messed with you, he will be there for you until the end. His loyalty and responsibility as your sibling would surpass any logic, which was the case in “Cheese in the Trap.” Despite his sister being taken advantage of, he felt bad for her and gave her everything she wanted. He is the sweetest brother ever.
Watch “Cheese in the Trap” here:
3. Park Seo Joon from “Kill Me, Heal Me”
“Kill Me, Heal Me” is about a rich man named Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) who struggles with multiple personality disorder due to a traumatic experience he had as a child. To be more specific, he has seven personalities, one of which is also in love with the female lead, Oh Ri Jin (Hwang Jung Eum).
Park Seo Joon plays Oh Ri On, the brother of Ri Jin who one of Do Hyun’s personalities is also head over heels in love with. One of the most endearing aspects of Ri On is his undying devotion to his sister. The two had such an open relationship in that they could share what was bothering them and find strength in each other. Ri On is the type of brother you need when life gets tough.
Watch “Kill Me, Heal Me” here:
4. Enter Kyung Pyo in “Reply 1988”
Sung Deok Sun (Hyeri) and Choi Taek (Park Bo Gum) have been best friends since childhood. They hang out all the time and are very comfortable around each other, so it’s only natural that Choi Taek ends up falling for Deok Sun. The difficult part of this situation is that their mutual friend Jung Hwan (Ryu Jun Yeol) also has feelings for Deok Sun.
Could there be a cuter interaction? In the drama, Go Kyung Pyo plays Sun Woo, the much older brother of Jin Joo (Kim Seol). With a lovely younger sister, Sun Woo is willing to do anything to make her smile. These two had such a real sibling relationship that Kim Seol visited Go Kyung Pyo on a variety show after the series ended! If someone would have an older brother like Sun Woo who is always there for you, life would be quite complete.
Watch “Answer 1988” here:
5. Yoon Na Moo in “Melting Me Softly”
“Melting Me Softly” stars Ji Chang Wook as Ma Dong Chan and Won Jin Ah as Ko Mi Ran. Ma Dong Chan is a variety show producer who gets the opportunity to be frozen for 24 hours, but instead of waking up after a day, he wakes up 20 years later. When he discovers that Mi Ran was also frozen for 20 years, the two work together to try to find out what happened.
Count on Ko Nam Tae to recognize his older sister after it’s been over 20 years since he last saw her. Ko Nam Tae has a special relationship with his sister that is deep and meaningful. The two rely on each other to get through life’s hardships, and they are also there for each other to relax. It would be a blessing to have a brother who looks up to his sister so much and is willing to do anything for her!
Watch “Melting Me Softly” here:
6. Hwang In Yeop in “True Beauty”
Moon Ga Young plays Lim Ju Gyeong, a girl who feels that she is unattractive, so she takes it upon herself to become an expert in makeup. When she goes to a new high school and meets Lee Su Ho (Cha Eun Woo), the two end up falling in love. There’s also the added bonus of Hwang In Yeop’s Han Seo Jun, who also happens to fall in love with Ju Gyeong.
As if Han Seo Jun wasn’t already perfect enough, as an older brother he shows Han Go Woon (Yeo Joo Ha) that he is beyond perfection. Seo Jun’s protective nature over his little sister and their beautiful close relationship was so lovely to see. He was always concerned about her and wanted to make sure she didn’t struggle in school. Having a brother like Seo Jun who is cool but never shy to show his love for his family members would be such a gift!
Watch “True Beauty” here:
7. Kim Young Dae in “The Penthouse”
Lee Ji Ah, Kim So Yeon and Eugene star as three wealthy women who live in a luxury complex catered to the upper class in the city. Their children attend an elite art school, and they are willing to do anything to keep the image of their families and children in tact, no matter the cost – even if it means killing someone. This high society and group of families begin to involve themselves in matters far beyond their heads and are forced to lie to each other to save themselves.
Joo Seok Hoon (Kim Young Dae) and his twin sister Joo Seok Kyung (Han Ji Hyun) have been through a lot as siblings. Under the control and anger of their crazy father, they had a difficult upbringing. Joo Seok Hoon was the perfect brother in that he would always provide emotional support to his sister. He would even offer to be hit by their father in place of his sister. Seok Hoon’s concern and love for his sister was so strong that there was nothing he wouldn’t do for her.
Watch “The Penthouse” here:
8. Song Joong Ki in “The Innocent Man”
Kang Ma Ru (Song Joong Ki) is on a mission to take revenge on the woman who ruined his life. Ma Ru made the biggest mistake of his life when he took the blame for a crime committed by a woman he loved named Han Jae Hee (Park Si Yeon). After spending time in prison and throwing away his promising future, Ma Ru decides to do everything he can to take down Jae Hee.
Kang Ma Ru is not a perfect person, but as an older brother, he is willing to do anything for his little sister Cho Ko (Lee Yu Bi). He has nothing to his credit, and Cho Ko suffers from an illness, but that doesn’t stop Ma Ru from making sure she’s always taken care of. His priority in life before anything else is his younger sister, which is endearing considering how much he’s been through and how much he doesn’t seem to care about anything. He is a loving and reliable brother that anyone would be lucky to have!
Watch “The Innocent Man” here:
Hey Soompiers, which of these K-drama brothers do you wish you had in real life? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG, but was recently seen obsessing over Hwang In Yeop. Be sure to follow binahearts on Instagram as she travels through her latest Korean fads!
Currently watching: “Young Actors’ Refuge,” “Love in Contract,” and “The Law Cafe.”
All Time Favorite Dramas: “Secret Garden” and “Star In My Heart.”
Looking forward to: Won Bin’s return to the small screen.